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Product Details

  • Series: Governess Bride Series (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380811987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380811984
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Setting: London, 1840

Sensuality: 8

When Queen Victoria threatens to reveal a youthful indiscretion if her friend, Devon Mathewes, earl of Kerrich, doesn't strive for respectability, the rakish earl approaches the Academy of Governesses to hire a governess and orphan to sponsor, thus lending him an appearance of kindness and decency.

Confident that she's safe from temptation since she despises rakes, Miss Pamela Lockhart disguises her youthful beauty and accepts Devon's outrageous offer of employment. But Pamela isn't prepared for the impact the handsome, blunt-spoken earl has on her heart. And Devon is fairly stunned to find himself attracted to the frumpy governess with her thick glasses and sharp moral lectures.

While the two struggle with their intense attraction, serious skulduggery is afoot that involves Devon's family bank. The perpetrators may be closely tied to the Mathewes family and scandal looms large on the horizon. And while he should be concentrating on solving the threat to the bank, Pamela and her endearing orphan prove to be monumentally distracting. In the end, however, Devon may have to choose between the two, and either way, the loss will be tremendous.

In this, the second installment in the Governess Brides series that began with Rules of Surrender, Christina Dodd delivers her trademark humor and sensuality in a plot that's rife with treachery and betrayal, true love, and trust. The heroine is strong and independent, a fitting match for a hero who has a faithful heart buried beneath his arrogant exterior. Dodd's deft touch with witty repartee and delightfully endearing characters is right on target with this latest Bride. Don't miss it. --Lois Faye Dyer

From Publishers Weekly

Dodd's extraordinary second book in the Governess Brides series opens with Miss Pamela Lockhart and Miss Hannah Setterington in precarious financial straits: someone has stolen the monthly income that insures the survival of their Distinguished Academy of Governesses. So when the Earl of Kerrich requests a mature governess who will acquire him an orphan and provide Queen Victoria with proof of his respectability, the young ladies are forced to accept Kerrich's profitable offer, despite its slightly dishonorable aspects. Pamela, once a belle of society, disguises herself as an elderly, plainspoken governess and rescues young Beth from the orphanage to become Kerrich's ward. As head of his grandfather's bank (which manages some of the Crown's wealth), Kerrich must convince the queen that he is a man who can be trusted, even while he is aware of a scandal involving counterfeit money and the possible theft of bank funds. As Kerrich investigates the crime, Pamela and Beth become more closely intertwined in the earl's life, and he finds himself relishing the daily sparring with a woman who meets him as an equal. When Pamela's disguise is revealed, Kerrich's banked passion ignites and he tries to convince her to marry, thereby solving her money problems and assuring his respectability. A fiery romance ensues and the two proud lovers discover intimacy in the midst of family difficulties. Dodd's beautifully rendered love story expertly portrays the growth and maturity that develops in the course of realizing true love and continues her series with a thoroughly satisfying addition. (Oct.)
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Customer Reviews

I can't wait to read the third in the series!
Julianne
It is a delightful witty romp that had me laughing out loud.
Deborah MacGillivray
I couldn't put this book down until it finished !!
"maidy01"

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Queen Victoria threatens to blackmail Lord Kerrich unless he becomes respectable. Having no plans to marry, Kerrich decides to pretend to adopt an orphan. He goes to the financially struggling Distinguished Academy of Governesses to make his demands, which include any ugly spinster as the governess. Part owner Pamela Lockhart dresses in a disguise to hide her beauty and accepts the job.

Pamela finds Beth at the orphanage. Kerrich, who has a super-ego when it comes to women, thinks Pamela is perfect, but has doubts about a girl. Kerrich also is trying to uncover the head of a counterfeiting ring that includes his cousin. To his shock, Kerrich is attracted to Pamela and she to him after he kisses her. However, she wonders how he will react to her when he learns the truth about her deception. Additionally, she worries about his tossing Beth out of his home.

Christina Dodd, author of sixteen wonderful romances, which include SOMEDAY MY PRINCE and THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS, has written an interesting historical romance. The Victorian love story provides an intriguing look at the era's gender relationships, especially how males stereotyped females. The two ethical lead characters struggle with the seeming lack of commitments and honor by his still living mother and her now deceased father, which adds to the fun of their developing love for one another. Beth is a fabulous secondary player who deserves her own Victorian romantic tale hopefully told soon by the always-entertaining Ms. Dodd.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julianne on December 14, 2000
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The second book in the Distinguished Academy of Governess series, we meet Pamela Lockhart- another proprietor of the governess school. When she gets robbed at knife point of her hard earned money as a governess, she is desperate to make ends meet for her school. Enter Devon Mathewes, self absorbed Earl of Kerrich, desperate to repair his reputation as a rake. Or else, the Queen of England (who happens to be his good friend) may divulge his long kept embarrassing secret from his youth! All he wants is a well-behaved orphan boy with a dour middle-aged governess that won't try to seduce him. What he ends up with is a precocious little orphan girl named Beth with huge hopes and Miss Pamela- an infamous beauty with a past that has scarred her adult life. She's not too thrilled with his plans but she really had no other options. In order to get the job, however, Miss Pamela dones a disguise to fool Kerrich and everyone else in the household. Unfortunately, the disguise doesn't last very long and Miss Lockhart's situations changes... rather drastically. Amongst the unknown charade, Kerrich also tries to solve the mystery of the counterfeit money in his bank... all at the same time keep it a secret and appease his all-knowing grandfather.
What can I say? The things that go on behind closed doors for Devon and Pamela is... sizzling HOT! The attraction between these two is amazing. Why, Devon was even attracted to her when he thought she was just a plain and ugly governess!
Christina Dodd continues to bring us entertaining historical novels with original characters and new plots. In tradition to her other great books (such as "That Scandalous Evening" and "Runaway Princess"), Rules of Engagement is funny, heart warming and utterly wonderful. Kudos Ms. Dodd! I can't wait to read the third in the series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "romancefanatic" on April 3, 2001
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This was one fun book. While I didn't think too much of the previous book in this series (the hero was a big child), I thoroughly enjoyed both of these characters. Kerrich begins as a typical, stuffy, arrogant aristocrat. Pamela is sick to death of them and when Kerrich says he wants a homely, older governess for the orphan he plans to adopt to get back in the Queen's good graces, Pamela disguises herself to fit the bill. After all, he just can't abide another woman falling in love with him. Kerrich, being male and believing himself superior, falls for her get-up. When he kisses Pamela for the first time, it's when she's dressed as the schoolmarmy Miss Lockhart, frumpy dress and all. Why? Kerrich likes her and respects her mind. Pamela is equally torn because Kerrich is not the arrogant hind end she originally thought him to be. The adopted orphan Beth provides additional spark, as she's neither cute nor helpless. Her sharp mind provides a little extra something throughout the book. As Kerrich and Pamela's relationship progresses, she must overcome a fear of committing herself to a rake like her father. Kerrich is hiding something from her, but I won't spoil it for you. All's well that ends well, but it's an entertaining ride. Don't miss out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joyously Retired Teacher on November 25, 2000
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The earl of Kerrich was careful to employ only an unattractive, strict governess who wouldn't try to entrap him into marriage. When his grandfather seems to see her differently, Devon finds himself looking at her with a critical eye. Is she REALLY as old as she pretends to be? Is her astonishing figure the result of tight corsets? Could he really be attracted to such an odd character? No, his grandfather must be getting senile.
Miss Pamela Lockhart of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses has no wish to attract a man. She saw what loving a man with a roving eye was like with her own mother and father's disastrous marriage. Although society frowned on single women at the time, she is determined to make her own in life rather than become the chattel of some faithless man.
But she has sadly underestimated the effect that being with an attractive man could have on her resolution, especially when that man shows himself to be a loving father for a penniless orphan. It would be enough to turn any woman's head, and Pamela has not succeeded in completely eradicating her natural woman's desire to have a husband and family. Perhaps it is time to move on to a new position.
And now, ironically, the earl of Kerrich finds himself fighting an uphill battle to win the hand of the governess he chose specifically for her unattractive qualities. How can he get through her ironclad defenses?
One of Christina Dodd's best! I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance with a healthy dose of humor thrown in!
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Christina's 2015 List of Upcoming Stories:
-- A PIRATE'S WIFE FOR ME: A new, full-length, Governess Brides historical (Feb. 15)
-- THE RELATIVES: A new Virtue Falls Short Story (April 7)
-- The paperback of VIRTUE FALLS (June 30)
-- OBSESSION FALLS: A new, full-length Virtue Falls novel (Sept 8)

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In 2014, Christina introduced Virtue Falls suspense series with:
-- THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls Short Story
-- VIRTUE FALLS: A Full-Length Suspense
And she published the enhanced Lost Hearts series in e-book:
-- JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
-- ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE
-- CLOSE TO YOU
-- GABRIEL'S GIFT: A Lost Hearts Christmas Story (All-new 2014)

Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they've found, "an absolute thrill ride of a book!"

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